Pastor’s Corner – March 11, 2018
Today is Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent. It marks the “half-time” in our yearly Lenten journey. Laetare means “to rejoice,” and this Sunday is a time when we, in the middle of our Lenten journey, joyfully anticipate the Easter mystery celebrated in the liturgies of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter). The priests and deacons wear rose colored vestments this weekend, “lightening up” the Lenten violet.
During this midpoint of Lent, we should reaffirm our commitment to our Lenten disciplines of prayer, almsgiving and fasting. If we have been successful in our Lenten goals, then we should thank God for the Grace to succeed and to continue to recognize that with the help of God’s Grace we can overcome sin and temptation and follow His Will in our lives. If we have not been successful, then in humility we should ask God for the Grace to succeed and continue to do our part to cooperate with His Grace. In either case, we have the second half of Lent to grow closer to God. Know of my continued prayers that all of us have a spiritually fruitful Lent, and please be sure to keep me in your prayers!
Now is also an appropriate time to look ahead to the Easter Season. There will be much going on after Easter in our parish, so please mark your calendars and, if possible, attend the following celebrations:
April 8, 2018 – 1st Communion (10am Mass)
April 22, 2018 – Annual Parish Easter Picnic following the 10am Mass (alternate weather date is April 29)
May 6, 2018 – Confirmations (5pm Mass)
These parish celebrations of the sacraments and our parish picnic highlight the joy of the Easter Season in our parish community. Please be sure to keep the candidates for Confirmation and 1st Communion and their families in your prayers. As we continue to make our Lenten journey, let us renew our efforts in the discipline of prayer, almsgiving and fasting so we can more deeply appreciate and celebrate the gift of Easter!
Many Thanks to Fr. Bryce Sibley for our Parish Mission!
We thank Fr. Sibley for presenting our parish Lenten mission last week. We hope that his presentations on prayer were helpful to each of us in taking concrete steps to develop a better relationship of trust and comfort with God not only in our formal prayer life, but also in our daily living. We hope that it will be fruitful to all of us in our Lenten journey and help us to take permanent steps toward living a life more closely with God. Thanks to all who attended and those who helped to put it on!
Don’t forget to sign up for your Parish Directory Family Picture! It is a great way to practice a Lenten discipline, and is a charity to those who have volunteered to help with this project!! Thanks!